Good for Tulsi Gabbard, but…

Investigation reveals Pence and Bolton lied to promote US regime change in Venezuela. Nothing new there. I wonder why CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etc. haven’t shared this information with the American people. Kudos to New York Times

The Times piece is here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/10/world/americas/venezuela-aid-fire-video.html

It wasn’t just Pence and Bolton. Good for Gabbard for highlighting this, but this blame game included Marco Rubio, State Dept officials Mike Pompeo, Kimberly Breier (https://twitter.com/WHAAsstSecty), the State Dept’s propaganda account https://twitter.com/USAenEspanol and more, including corporate media. This wasn’t just a couple of administration officials talking out of their asses. This was a specifically crafted narrative, which US and allied media was knowingly complicit in.

Glenn Greenwald, writing at The Intercept:

Those last two tweets – using video footage to debunk the lies spread by Marco Rubio, CNN and the U.S. Government – happen to be from a correspondent with RT America. Please tell me: who was acting here as lying propagandists and agents of State TV and who was acting like a journalist trying to understand and report the truth?

So everything the New York Times so proudly reported last night has been known for weeks, and was already reported in great detail, using extensive evidence, by a large number of people.

https://theintercept.com/2019/03/10/nyts-expose-on-the-lies-about-burning-humanitarian-trucks-in-venezuela-shows-how-us-govt-and-media-spread-fake-news/

No one can actually believe this is another “accident”

No one can actually believe this is another “accident”—that Venezuelan oil equipment just keeps “mysteriously” exploding. This is obviously intentional sabotage from the rightwing opposition

The journalists pretending otherwise are spineless stenographers

PDVSA President Manuel Quevedo on Wednesday night tweeted that the company had been victim of “terrorist incursions” by political adversaries of President Nicolas Maduro.

The OPEC member’s oil industry is struggling under the weight of sanctions the United States slapped on PDVSA in a bid to force Maduro from power, and from a blackout that began last week that hit the main Jose oil shipment terminal as well as refineries and upgraders.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-oil/oil-storage-tanks-explode-in-venezuela-while-main-terminal-resumes-shipments-idUSKCN1QU300

Our opportunity to halt global warming was 30+ years ago

Our opportunity to halt global warming was 30+ years ago when Democrats fell all over themselves to tell you how “unrealistic” it was.

How’s that claim looking, now?

Planning on moving to a different planet?

New study: if we stop emissions immediately, Arctic still warms 5C/9F by century’s end. We’re not stopping global warming any more; we’re fighting like hell for a level that civilizations might survive. #ClimateStrike

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/13/arctic-temperature-rises-must-be-urgently-tackled-warns-un

When Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico

When Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, a US colony, Trump & the Republican Congress let 1000s die & didn’t restore power for 11 MONTHS.

Now the same people are using a blackout to push Venezuelans toward civil war… while strangling them with sanctions! Incredible hypocrisy.

US media have spent two years warning about foreign enemies

US media have spent 2 years warning about how foreign enemies could sabotage our electric grid with cyberattacks. Yet when #Venezuela‘s gov’t, targeted for regime change, claimed its grid was sabotaged, US media immediately dismissed it as a conspiracy theory. See how that works?

After weeks of spreading Trump admin’s lies

After weeks of spreading Trump admin’s lies & propaganda, @nytimes finally says opposition, not Maduro, set trucks w/ “humanitarian aid” aid on fire. @maxbumenthal who was actually in Venezuela,1st reported this 2/24

Manning says she is resisting

Manning says she is resisting because she, like many other politically minded Americans, believes grand juries are an illegal instrument designed to aide prosecutors on fishing expeditions; a tool for stripping witnesses of their constitutional rights that has been historically used against peaceful political activists by men in power who would have them labelled “terrorists” and “enemies of the state.”

“By resisting this grand jury, Chelsea has made the same sacrifice as dozens of activists before her, who have opposed the grand jury system at the expense of their own freedom,” her support committee said in a statement. “Chelsea has already served prison time for standing up against government secrecy and revealing war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. We know, and so does the government, that she will not turn tail and allow this shadowy grand jury to eclipse her legacy of speaking truth to power.”

https://gizmodo.com/why-chelsea-manning-decided-to-go-to-jail-in-protest-1833164311

You Probably Read in High School

…you probably read in your high-school textbooks that these extinctions were the result of asteroids. In fact, all but the one that killed the dinosaurs were caused by climate change produced by greenhouse gas. The most notorious was 252 million years ago; it began when carbon warmed the planet by five degrees, accelerated when that warming triggered the release of methane in the Arctic, and ended with 97 percent of all life on Earth dead. We are currently adding carbon to the atmosphere at a considerably faster rate; by most estimates, at least ten times faster.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html

The Greencast – March 11, 2019 – Peace Delegation to Venezuela

Show Notes:

On the show this week, several items covering the drumbeat to war in Venezuela, and some historical context – the coup in Chile against Allende, during the Nixon administration, where we see several key aspects of the Venezuelan coup originated. Greenpeace has a call for comment to stop drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, Flint still has contaminated water, and I take a look at what might be behind Dianne Feinstein’s opposition to a real Green New Deal (as always, follow the money).

If you can, please send Chelsea Manning a letter of support:
Chelsea Elizabeth Manning
A0181426
William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center
2001 Mill Road, Alexandria VA 22314

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Theme Music: Passage, by Lee Rosevere
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

Venezuela

Four members of the 15 person peace delegation spoke at the UN press conference including
https://www.gp.org/peace_movement_goes_to_venezuela
http://no2nato2019.org
https://www.answercoalition.org/national_march_on_washington_hands_off_venezuela

US threatens ‘secondary sanctions’ against those who refuse to back its Venezuela coup
https://www.rt.com/news/453114-us-threatens-secondary-sanctions-venezuela/

Empire Files: The “International Community” Support for US Coup Leader Juan Guaido
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=625353071236890
https://youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ii5MlQgGXyk

Empire Files: The reality of US military attack on Venezuela is very real
https://mobile.twitter.com/EmpireFiles/status/1102392324879876096

Venezuela power outages
https://apnews.com/6ba2f69b77e2457da64593a7b8eced16

You would have to be crazy to rule out US as behind any major event in Venezuela, considering it’s in the middle of an active regime change op & will stop at nothing to see it through
https://twitter.com/abbymartin/status/1104090409527984128

Venezuela’s blackout is being used as new pretext for coup. Shortly before US overthrew Allende, there were also major blackouts coupled with widespread CIA sabotage to “make the economy scream”
https://twitter.com/abbymartin/status/1104100191861260288
https://www.nytimes.com/1973/08/14/archives/blackout-interrupts-address-by-allende.html
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_intervention_in_Chile

How bad does Guaido have to be to have his death squads stopped by Colombia, the paramilitary state…?
https://twitter.com/JSCCounterPunch/status/1103716265338626048
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-06/heavily-armed-soldiers-aborted-plan-to-enter-venezuela-by-force

“The ruling class comes up with a lie to manufacture American consent for its all-American war crimes, and that lie is then sprayed like laminate all over average American citizens.”
https://twitter.com/commondreams/status/1104074384996745217
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/03/08/we-are-being-lied-war-again

Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets to march against interventionism in the country, as part of the celebrations of the national Bolivarian Anti-Imperialist Day.
https://twitter.com/telesurenglish/status/1104517218212110337

Steve Ellner draws the parallels between Trump and the Venezuelan opposition let by self-declared president, Juan Venezuela’s self-declared President Juan Guaido.
https://twitter.com/mintpressnews/status/1104750001958330368
https://www.mintpressnews.com/trump-venezuela-opposition-have-much-common/255992/

The imperialist sadists leading US policy on Venezuela are bragging about collectively punishing civilians with sanctions & economic warfare. Sociopath Rubio boasted, “Venezuela is going to enter a period of suffering no nation in our hemisphere has confronted in modern history”
https://twitter.com/benjaminnorton/status/1104860942800695302

DNC & Election

NY Times: A 2016 Review: Turnout Wasn’t the Driver of Clinton’s Defeat
Instead, it’s clear that large numbers of white, working-class voters shifted from the Democrats to Mr. Trump. Over all, almost one in four of President Obama’s 2012 white working-class supporters defected from the Democrats in 2016, either supporting Mr. Trump or voting for a third-party candidate.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/upshot/a-2016-review-turnout-wasnt-the-driver-of-clintons-defeat.html

I called this last November. The DNC is going to load up the field with candidates so that no one will be able to secure the majority required in the first round and then in comes the super delegates in the 2nd round and they pick the establishment candidate.
https://twitter.com/barbaralnewsome/status/1100909482635333632

That office was led by newly elected Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was serving as California’s Attorney General at the time. Criticisms of Mnuchin as a nominee provoked inquiries toward Harris as to why she refused to take any action given the evidence of violations her office uncovered.
https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/25/dem-senator-received-donations-before-and-after-failing-to-prosecute-trump-nominees-bank/

Green New Deal & Environment

Of all the consequential actions our government can take without our consent, namely wars and expanding oil drilling, Axelrod blames inaction on the voters. What a prick. Our government has horrible leadership.
https://twitter.com/happierer/status/1102974425740337152

Public comment period to stop drilling in ANWR: Greenpeace campaign.
https://engage.us.greenpeace.org/onlineactions/88s5g1q1i0mODgX-Gi9mMw2

Stratocumulus clouds could disappear in as little as a century, adding 8° globally:
https://twitter.com/OsitaNwanevu/status/1100076538811371520

Flint is still living with toxic water:
https://www.facebook.com/MS4GreenParty/posts/2234872936725661

Are fossil fuel investments and political contributions behind @SenFeinstein opposition to a Green New Deal?
https://twitter.com/gpny/status/1104081596649480198
http://inthesetimes.com/article/21784/dianne-feinstein-green-new-deal-ocasio-cortez-climate-change-sunrise

Chelsea Manning Arrest

There’s a grim irony, particularly in Manning’s case, that the purported purpose of a federal grand jury is to act as a safeguard from the improper motivations of government. We need not support Assange personally to understand that his prosecution for publishing Manning’s leaks would expose news organs who also published the documents — like the Guardian, The Washington Post, and The New York Times — to the same liability. The precedent that could be set for state repression of journalism is beyond troubling.
https://theintercept.com/2019/03/02/chelsea-manning-subpoena-grand-jury/

Please send a letter of support to Chelsea Manning, if you’re able.

Chelsea Elizabeth Manning
A0181426
William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center
2001 Mill Road, Alexandria VA 22314

 

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